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Carte-de-visite album of Algeria, 1870s-1880s

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Title: Carte-de-visite album of Algeria
Dates: 1870s-1880s
Number: 2019.R.1
Extent: 1 Linear Foot (Album of 52 photographs)
Abstract: The carte-de-visite album contains 50 cartes-de-visite of Algeria and Algerians by various photographers including Jean Geiser and Alexandre Leroux; a two-part panorama of Algiers by Jean Geiser made from two joined horizontal cabinet cards; and a panoramic view of Oran by A. Decugis showing the port and military hospital, also on a horizontal cabinet card.
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Language: Collection material is in English
Repository: The Getty Research Institute
Special Collections
1200 Getty Center Drive, Suite 1100
Los Angeles 90049-1688
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URL: http://hdl.handle.net/10020/askref
(310) 440-7390
Author: Beth Ann Guynn

Biographical / Historical

Lucien-Jacob Geiser (1810-1852), an ébéniste by trade, immigrated to Algeria from Switzerland with his wife Julie and three sons in 1850, but died shortly thereafter in 1852. It is unclear whether Geiser père opened the photography business or his widow Julie opened it after her husband's death, but the family eventually partnered with Jean-Baptiste-Antoine Alary (1810-c. 1867), an early daguerreotypist, renaming the firm Alary & Geiser. After Alary's death the youngest Geiser son, Jean-Théophile (1848-1923), took over the business, running it into the 1920s under the name Jean Geiser.

Alexandre Leroux owned and operated a photography studio in Algiers from the 1870s until his death in 1912. After his death, his sons continued selling his prints using his stamp.

Little is known about the photographers L. Cairol; A. Decugis; Elie Karsenty; and A. Rigod.


Scope and Content of Collection

The album contains 50 cartes-de-visite of Algeria and Algerians by various photographers; a two-part panorama of Algiers by Jean Geiser made from two joined horizontal cabinet cards; and a panoramic view of Oran by A. Decugis showing the port and military hospital, also on a horizontal cabinet card.

The Geiser panorama of Algiers is the first image in the album, adhered to the verso of the blank page preceding the carte-de-visite mounts. The first part of the album is devoted to views of Algiers, Blida, and Oran, while the remaining images are studio portraits of Algerian "types." The larger view of Oran is the final image in the album.

Rather than being inserted in their slots back-to-back, the cartes-de-visite are arranged in the album so that their versos are showing. The makers of the bulk of the photographs are not identified by imprints on their versos, and any imprints on their rectos are covered by the album mounts. In addition to Geiser and Decugis, photographers known to be represented in the album include Alexandre Leroux; L. Cairol; Elie Karsenty; and A. Rigod.

The album has bossed brown calf covers with floral and geometric designs.

Ink annotations are written in French on the versos of 33 of the cartes-de-visite, and on the rectos of the panoramas of Algiers and Oran.

Arrangement

The album is arranged in a single series:
Series I.Carte-de-visite album of Algeria, 1870s-1880s.


Restrictions

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Access

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Indexing Terms

Subjects - Names

Cairol, L.
Decugis, A.
Jean, Geiser, 1848-1923
Karsenty, Elie
Leroux, A. (Alexandre), 1832-1912
Rigod, A.

Subjects - Topics

Algerians -- Portraits

Subjects - Places

Algiers (Algeria) -- Description and travel
Blida (Algeria) -- Description and travel
Oran (Algeria) -- Description and travel

Genres and Forms of Material

Albumen prints -- Algeria -- 19th century
Cabinet cards -- Algeria -- 19th century
Cartes-de-visite -- Algeria -- 19th century
Photograph albums -- Algeria -- 19th century
Photographs, Original

Related Material

Existence and Location of Copies

The collection was digitized by the repository in 2019 and the images are available online:

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/2019r1


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Carte-de-visite album of Algeria, 1870s-1880s, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2019.R.1.

http://hdl.handle.net/10020/cifa2019r1

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Acquired in 2019.

Processing Information

The finding aid was written by Beth Ann Guynn in 2019.


Container List

Series I. Carte-de-visite album of Algeria, 1870s-1880s
Titles from annotations on mount versos unless otherwise noted.
Arrangement
In original order.
box Item
1 front cover 2019.R.1-fc Front cover
1 front endpapers 2019.R.1-fe Front endpapers
1 front free endpaper verso 2019.R.1-fe_v Verso of front free endpaper
1 1 recto 2019.R.1-1r Blank page
1 1 verso 2019.R.1-1v Geiser, Jean, Algier, vue générale, not before 1872
Two-part joined panorama made from two cabinet cards. Photographer's imprint on both mounts: Jean Geiser, Phot. 7, rue Bab-Azoun, Alger.
1 2 recto-1 2019.R.1-2r1 Photographer unidentified, Alger, place du Gouvernement et mosquée de Djama-Djédid, ca. 1880
1 2 recto-2 2019.R1-2r2 Photographer unidentified, Alger, boulevard de la République, quais, ca. 1880
1 3 recto-1 2019.R.1-3r1 Leroux, Alexandre, Intérieur de l'archevêché, not before 1881
Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 3 recto-2 2019.R.1-3r2 Leroux, Alexandre, Colonnades rue de la Marine, Alger, not before 1881
Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 4 recto-1 2019.R.1-4r1 Leroux, Alexandre, Intérieur de la grande mosquée, not before 1881
Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 4 recto-2 2019.R.1-4r2 Photographer unidentified, Alger, intérieur d'une maison arabe, ca. 1880
1 5 recto-1 2019.R.1-5r1 Photographer unidentified, Alger, rue de la Ville Haute, ca. 1880
View of the street's arches.
1 5 recto-2 2019.R.1-5r2 Photographer unidentified, Alger, rue de la Ville Haute, ca. 1880
A doorway on the street.
1 6 recto-1 2019.R.1-6r1 Photographer unidentified, Alger, boutique arabe, ca. 1880
1 6 recto-2 2019.R.1-6r2 Leroux, Alexandre, Port de la casbah, not before 1881
Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 7 recto-1 2019.R.1-7r1 Photographer unidentified, Alger, Notre Dame d'Afrique, ca. 1880
1 7 recto-2 2019.R.1-7r2 Photographer unidentified, Alger, Mustapha Suleimanie, palais du gouverneur, ca. 1880
1 8 recto-1 2019.R.1-8r1 Leroux, Alexandre, Alger, vue de allée du Jardin d'Essai, not before 1881
Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 8 recto-2 2019.R.1-8r2 Photographer unidentified, Blidah, vue générale, ca. 1880
1 9 recto-1 2019.R.1-9r1 Photographer unidentified, Blidah, la place d'Armes ca. 1880
1 9 recto-2 2019.R.1-9r2 Photographer unidentified, Blidah, le jardin public, ca. 1880
1 10 recto-1 2019.R.1-10r1 Photographer unidentified, Environs de Blidah, marabout de Sidi-Yacoub au jardin du Bois-Sacré, ca. 1880
1 10 recto-2 2019.R.1-10r2 Photographer unidentified, Environs de Blidah, le ruisseau des Singes, gorges de la Chiffa, ca. 1880
1 11 recto-1 2019.R.1-11r1 Photographer unidentified, Oran, ca. 1880
View of docks and city.
1 11 recto-2 2019.R.1-11r2 Photographer unidentified, Oran, ca. 1880
View of the city.
1 12 recto-1 2019.R.1-12r1 Photographer unidentified, Oran, fort de Santa Cruz, ca. 1880
1 12 recto-2 2019.R.1-12r2 Photographer unidentified, Oran, ca. 1880
View of the shore.
1 13 recto-1 2019.R.1-13r1 Photographer unidentified, Oran, place Kléber, ca. 1880
1 13 recto-2 2019.R.1-13r2 Photographer unidentified, Tirailleur algérien indigène, ca. 1880
1 14 recto-1 2019.R.1-14r1 Photographer unidentified, Mascara, porte d'Oran et marché arabe, ca. 1880
1 14 recto-2 2019.R.1-14r2 Karsenty, Elie, Mascara, cimetière arabe, ca. 1880
Annotation on verso written over photographer's wet stamp: Photographie / Elie / Karsenty / Mascara.
1 15 recto-1 2019.R.1-15r1 Leroux, Alexandre, Tentes arabes, not before 1881
Group of palms with tents behind them. Annotation on verso written over elaborate Leroux imprint that includes images of medals won in 1880 and 1881.
1 15 recto-2 2019.R.1-15r2 Photographer unidentified, Tentes arabes, ca. 1880
Large tent.
1 16 recto-1 2019.R.1-16r1 Geiser, Jean, Lecture de la lettre (Alger), not before 1872
Title from a larger copy of this image held in the Ken and Jenny Jacobson collection of Orientalist photography (item number 2008.R.3-3677). This image is part of an elaborately staged "Oriental" series of photographs clearly intended for use by painters.
1 16 recto-2 2019.R.1-16r2 Geiser, Jean (?), [Two Men Playing Chess at a Low Table], not before 1872
1 17 recto-1 2019.R.1-17r1 Photographer unidentified, [Portrait of Two Standing Women with Hanging Plants behind Them], ca. 1880
1 17 recto-2 2019.R.1-17r2 Rigod, A., [Three Standing Musicians], ca. 1880
Photographer's imprint on verso: Photographie artistique / de Paris / A. Rigod. / Succursales / à Mascara et Mostaganem.
1 18 recto-1 2019.R.1-18r1 Rigod, A., [Algerian with Large Straw Hat], ca. 1880
Rigod's signature is wet stamped on the verso.
1 18 recto-2 2019.R.1-18r2 Cairol, L., [Portrait of an Algerian Caïd], not before 1878
Bust portait of a man with several medals pinned to his robes. Photographer's imprint on verso below his monogram flanked by medals won at 1878 Paris and Oran expositions: L. Cairol / photographe / boulevard Oudinot / Oran / (Algérie).
1 19 recto-1 2019.R.1-19r1 Photographer unidentified, Saüda, 1883
Full-length portrait of an Algerian man standing next to a balustrade with a pot of flowers atop it. Dated on verso: 6 février 1883.
1 19 recto-2 2019.R.1-19r2 Photographer unidentified, Mauresque, ca. 1880
1 20 rectro-1 2019.R.1-20r1 Photographer unidentified, Arabe, ca. 1875
Full-length portrait of an Algerian man wearing a dark cloak over his robes.
1 20 rectro-2 2019.R.1-20r2 Cairol, L., [Portrait of a Woman Wearing a Printed Dress], not before 1878
Photographer's imprint on verso, below his monogram flanked by medals won at 1878 Paris and Oran expositions: L. Cairol / photographe / boulevard Oudinot / Oran / (Algérie).
1 21 recto-1 2019.R.1-21r1 Photographer unidentified, [Algerian Standing next to Chair, Cigarette in Hand], ca. 1880
1 21 recto-2 2019.R.1-21r2 Photographer unidentified, [Seated Woman], ca. 1880
1 22 recto-1 2019.R.1-22r1 Photographer unidentified, [Woman with Baby on Her Back Kneeling to Cut a Gourd], ca. 1880
1 22 recto-2 2019.R.1-22r2 Photographer unidentified, Arabe sur un chameau, ca. 1880
1 23 recto-1 2019.R.1-23r1 Photographer unidentified, [Woman Seated with Hand on Cheek], ca. 1880
1 23 recto-2 2019.R.1-23r2 Photographer unidentified, Femme arabe en lieu enfant, ca. 1880
Woman in profile with bonneted baby on her back.
1 24 recto-1 2019.R.1-24r1 Photographer unidentified, [Bust Portrait of Man in Dark Garments with Tasseled Turban], ca. 1880
1 24 recto-2 2019.R.1-24r2 Photographer unidentified, [Moorish Woman Wearing Conical Hat], ca. 1880
1 25 recto-1 2019.R.1-25r1 Photographer unidentified, [Algerian Man Standing next to a Window], ca. 1880
1 25 recto-2 2019.R.1-25r2 Photographer unidentified, [Woman Wearing Long Dress], ca. 1880
1 26 recto-1 2019.R.1-26r1 Photographer unidentified, [Child Standing between Parents], ca. 1880
1 26 recto-2 2019.R.1-26r2 Cairol, L., [Woman with Lace Bodice], not before 1878
Photographer's imprint on verso, below his monogram flanked by medals won at 1878 Paris and Oran expositions: L. Cairol / photographe / boulevard Oudinot / Oran / (Algérie).
1 27 recto 2019.R.1-27 Decugis, A., Oran, port et hôpital militaire, ca. 1880
Cabinet card. Blind stamp on mount recto: A. Decugis Phot.
1 27 recto-28 verso 2019.R.1-27r28v Blank pages
1 Back endpapers 2019.R.1-be Back endpapers
1 Back cover 2019.R.1-bc Back cover